No Fear

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Oct 24, 1999
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I was wondering if you guys can settle a rumor for me. I heard many people say that Step 1 is easier if you take it in June compared to July. I don't believe anyone can actually know that for certain, but is it because those who take it in June may be better prepared/or more confident than the July takers? To me it seems like the difficulty would be determined by a flip of the coin. What say you....? :confused:


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Feb 27, 2005
The one with the Wings
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If there is any validity to the test, it shouldn't matter when you take it. I think that's just urban legend or explained by differences in students who take it in June vs. July. (At our school, you have to take it by the end of June because we start clinical rotations the first week in July with the new residents).